Redemption is the main driving force firing up the challenge of the West Lothian IBC gents team engaging with Fraserburgh in the second round of The Scottish Cup at Arbroath this Saturday.
However the bunch of under-performing players that have taken the proud WLIBC brand name down from Premier League status to the lower echelon Division 1 are also striving to live up to their reputation as the cups defending champions.
Given that Fraserburgh finished third in the recently completed Division 2 North campaign the big gulf in class points to a West Lothian team populated by five current internationalist plus a host of other high profile names making it safely through to the quarterfinals stage. Failure to do so would be the coupon buster of all coupon busters so the line up expected to deliver a winning performance reads as follows. Rink 1. Paul Lynas, Grant Knox, Craig Moss, and Mark Allison. Rink 2. Cameron Greer, Raymond Logan, Des Hagart, and Calum Logan. Rink 3. Dougie Mitchell, George Sneddon, James Speirs, and Neil Speirs. Rink 4. Bryan Cooper, Blair Mackie, Stuart Johnston, and Thomas Mann (cpt). The reserve bench is populated by Richard Mark, Jamie Aitken, and Ian Drysdale.
Meanwhile the well attended 134th AGM of The West Lothian Bowling Association held at Whitburn BC saw John Weir of the host club succeed Drew Paterson of Newbridge to the Office of President for the 2016 season. Other Committee posts were filled by Joe McClelland of Harrysmuir – Vice President; Davy Doyle of East Calder – Secretary; Frazer Muirhead of Uphall Station – Treasurer; Gary Smith of Linlithgow – Sponsorship Convener.
Gordon Logan of Kirkliston was confirmed as Team Manager of The Hamilton Trophy and Under 25’s, as the successor to Jimmy Mallon of Broxburn while Willie Walker of Oakbank assumes the new role of convener of The Matt Purdie Trophy.
The meeting of delegates were also unanimous in the adoption of former long serving officials Mark Wilson of Armadale and Stewart Meikle of Kirkliston as Honorary Presidents of The WLBA – joining Marshall Sneddon of Deans; Tam Dalyell, and Lord Rosebery.